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Old 04-15-2012, 11:26 AM   #26
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I have done the steel wool treatment 3 times now. Looks a little better each time but they are still present. I noticed a few scratches on the glass this time so i dont think i am going to try another treatment with the steel wool. They look a lot better than when i first got the car but still noticeable. Almost looks like scales on the windows. Sucks.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #27
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I have done the steel wool treatment 3 times now. Looks a little better each time but they are still present. I noticed a few scratches on the glass this time so i dont think i am going to try another treatment with the steel wool. They look a lot better than when i first got the car but still noticeable. Almost looks like scales on the windows. Sucks.
Sounds like you have water like we have here in this town. I might advise trying the Klasse all in one cleaner. Though with using the steel wool all of those times... sometimes glass will only get so good ... sometimes people have to replace the glass altogether.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:42 PM   #28
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....I would also still consider a chemical WSR but that's just me.


You should listen to Kean.

Ill elaborate.

So before anyone jumps to any more aggressive methods of correction (ie, wet sanding, cutting compounds, steel wool, or ANYTHING else that is super abrasive), you should always start with the least aggressive method.

Water spots are chemically etched into your paint, so...... it would make sense to chemically remove it/relieve it from your paint surface. There are many many chemically formulated water spot removers/relievers that are solvent, citrus based, etc that you should really try out first since none of those will harm your paint ( given that you clean the area of application thoroughly asap after treatment). I believe those are the best ways.

If those are not strong enough, then I would try a light polishing compound with light or diminishing abrasives.

Dont jump the gun and always do a test spot some where less noticeable.

Remember, if you get water spots in the future in the same regional areas........ you cant wet sand them down forever. Eventually you'll meet base coat.
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:53 PM   #29
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You should listen to Kean.

Ill elaborate.

So before anyone jumps to any more aggressive methods of correction (ie, wet sanding, cutting compounds, steel wool, or ANYTHING else that is super abrasive), you should always start with the least aggressive method.

Water spots are chemically etched into your paint, so...... it would make sense to chemically remove it/relieve it from your paint surface. There are many many chemically formulated water spot removers/relievers that are solvent, citrus based, etc that you should really try out first since none of those will harm your paint ( given that you clean the area of application thoroughly asap after treatment). I believe those are the best ways.

If those are not strong enough, then I would try a light polishing compound with light or diminishing abrasives.

Dont jump the gun and always do a test spot some where less noticeable.

Remember, if you get water spots in the future in the same regional areas........ you cant wet sand them down forever. Eventually you'll meet base coat.
since we're all jumping the gun here with abrasives... maybe you should read the start of the thread where he said he had water spots on his GLASS! No base coat there as far as I know
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:54 PM   #30
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I dont have any water spots on the paint. it is only on the glass.
First i tries vinegar and water, than i tried some Mothers product, then i tried another rubbing alcohol and soap. none of these worked at all. then i tried using the 0000 steel wool. This worked a little bit but not total removal. The glass as it is now looks the best since i got the vehicle in december but they are still noticeable.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #31
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Water spots are freaking horrible. I have them on every window, it sucks. I've tried some compounds and also steel wool. Does anyone know how much it roughly cost for a "Pro" to just take it all off, I've ran out of "elbo greese" if you will.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:34 AM   #32
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since we're all jumping the gun here with abrasives... maybe you should read the start of the thread where he said he had water spots on his GLASS! No base coat there as far as I know

Regardless of what surface it may be on, a chemical water spot remover might be the best and safest method. Glass may be thick but it can also have or form dips or grooves from aggressive applications....

Even with hard water spots, I am able to use a cutting compound or a polishing abrasive to completely bring back the clarity of the glass (if no CWSR is available). You can even try some metal polishes (depending on the type and if it has some jewelers rouge and what not). Never needed to wet sand glass either.....


If absolutely nothing works, then buy a glass restoration multi-step kit from brands such as diamondite.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:09 PM   #33
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....cerium oxide would also be a last resort on glass but you must be careful with possible distortion, heating of the glass, etc. An internet search will reveal more.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #34
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I am going to order some Chemical Guys Water Spot Remover. This will be my last attempt to remove these spots. If this doesnt work than i will just have to live with them. I am sure replacing the wiendshield, rear window, and all 4 side windows would cost an arm and a leg to purchase and have them installed.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #35
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No need to by new glass, the spots will come off.

I would also look into marine grade water spot removers (possibly the same stuff in different bottle). If this doesn't work, a dedicated glass restoration system may be necessary like pho-shizzle stated above.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:07 AM   #36
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Zaino glass polish has worked pretty well for me in the past. I'm sure you could use other brands as well though.
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:42 PM   #37
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steel wool sounds like a great idea
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Old 04-20-2012, 03:58 PM   #38
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yesterday i used chemical guys water spot remover for some water spots i had on my windshield. looks like it did it job
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:26 PM   #39
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Windex and steel wool for windows/glass works amazing at my dealership. paint is another story lol
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